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new york. . you're watching the station that works for you. now, good morning maryland. >> the deal is done now lawmakers return to their vacation. we have details this morning on the bill passed avoiding the fiscal cliff. >> neighbors heard gunfire mixed with fireworks. police believe that is why a 10- year-old is in critical condition this morning. we will give you the latest. >> the new year means a new session. maryland lawmakers are getting ready to head back to annapolis. what they expect to accomplish. we will give you a preview on had wednesday. thanks for joining us good morning i am charley crowson. >> i am megan pringle. it's 2013. >> it is. >> i know it was yet but now for a lot of people it's back to work. >> you are back with us this morning. stay that one more-- say that
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one pour timelet it roll off -- one more time. let it roll off the tongue. >> 2013. here's lynette charles welcome back to you. >> thank you. happy new year. i didn't say that. so 2013 we can see what's going on right now. let's look at what's going on as we look at temperatures this morning. we are at 33 in chestertown. catonsville at 31. very cold temperatures this morning. we are going to continue to do this as we go through time today. be prepared for the cold temperatures to continue throughout the day. we look at maryland's most powerful radar right now, we are dealing with some dry conditions. it looks like radar returns but all in all dry this morning. that will continue throughout the day. we are going to get sunshine in here as well. we look at the planner and we are waking up to cold temperatures, cold will be the theme for today. starting out with mostly cloudy skies and as we go throughout the day, the clouds will decrease. the temperatures with the sunshine not going to warm up that much. by lunch times 36 degrees. let's check the traffic with lauren cookch good morning.
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>> good -- cook. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. traveling on 95 there's nothing to get in your way. we will be clean towards dc and in he'll being ridge it will -- elk ridge it will take 12 minutes to get to downtown baltimore. 695, no problems on the west side. checking in and looking live at the east side, everything up to speed. no trouble getting up to 83. speaking of 83, this is what it looks like up in hunt valley. a normal 21-minute ride from the maryland pennsylvania state line to the beltway. that's your abc2 timesaver traffic report. now over to you. soft -- a soft landing. last night republicans reluctantly passed the billaverting the fiscal disaster. >> president obama praised the deal and returned to his hawaiian vacation. >> reporter: they finally got it done. congress ended the long drama over the fiscal cliff with
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house republicans reluctantly passing the senate's bill. >> i will sign the law that lays the taxes on the final 2% of the americans and preventing a middle class tax hike that could have sent the country into recession. >> reporter: house republicans didn't want to raise taxes without cuts in government spending. >> there's no spending cuts. we are adding 4 billion dollars to the debt and we feel like that the senate bill failed miserablely. >> reporter: house republicans decided not to drag out the fight any longer and risk potentially taking the blame for massive tax hikes on every american worker. >> what's the alternative? allow 4 trillion dollars worth of tax hikes to hit the american people market uncertain? >> reporter: the bill shields people earning less than 400,000 a year from tax increases and extends
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unemployment benefits for 2 million people. what it doesn't do however is raise the so-called debt ceiling and two months the government will reach the limit on borrowing unless congress acts. not to mention the bill delays large cuts to the pentagon and other government programs. so in march we may see another round of fighting. president obama says he hopes congress can get a deal done with a little less drama. abc news, washington. >> not all law makers are satisfied with the new fiscal cliff idea. andy harris is one republican who voted against it. released a statement reading, ioppose the legislation increase being tax on 77% of my people in my district. harris goes onto say the bill is business as usual in washington doing nothing to deal with the 16.4 trillion dollar debt. so when harris says it will raise taxes on 77% of americans he is talking about the end of the pay he roll tax holiday. basically what it means is the amount taken out of your
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paycheck for social security will go up 2%. for most americans that means we will pay a thousand dollars more in tax this is year than last. this morning secretary of state hillary clinton is in the hospital recovering from a potentially serious blood clot. >> doctors treated her yesterday with blood thinners. now those familiar with clinton's rare blood type clot say that it's unlikely it developed as side effect of her recent concussion. some doctors believe it could be tied to an underlying condition or dehydration which aides say she experienced after a stomach virus. >> secretary clinton was supposed to return to work this week but with the setback people are asking what her future holds. doctors expect her to make a full recovery but the nature of the job is certainly grueling. she traveled more than 100 countries as secretary of state and logged close to a million miles during the time. she plans to step down with the start of the new second term as the president she is seen as
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the leading presidential contender 2016. news time 4:35. what happened to a 10-year-old girl visiting family in cecil county? that's what investigators are trying to figure out this morning. it looks like a bullet grazed her head. she is in critical condition. and nabs say they wouldn't be surprised -- nabs say they wouldn't be surprised -- neighbors say they wouldn't be surprised if gunfire was the cause. >> reporter: investigators believe a bullet went into the air and came back down hitting the girl in the head. the 10-year-old from pennsylvania collapsed after midnight on ajs court in elkton. they are trying to figure out how far away the shooter was from the girl. investigators canvassed the neighborhood hoping to find more evidence. they don't think the bullet came interest a -- from a family members. neighbors say they heard gunshots fired when fireworks went off. >> i have kind of hill billy
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neighbors that issues -- shoot guns off on new year's but i didn't think a bullet could fall out out of the sky. >> reporter: she was in critical condition on life support at last check. police want you to call if you were in the area on new year's eve. the number is 410-392-2117. linda so, abc2 news. 4:37. and this morning investigators are still trying to figure out what caused a deadly crash that killed a teen boy. the accident happened in aberdeen on new year's eve. 17-year-old austin remines was driving on bus chapel road near mount calvary church road e died after hitting a car -- he died after hitting a car going the opposite direction. a record setting year for firefighters. in 2012 there were 12 fire related deaths, the least amount the fire department has ever seen. the chief took to twitter confrat lathing his department on -- congratulating the department on a job well-done.
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firefighters spent part of new year's day putting out a house fire in northeast baltimore. no one was hurt. investigators are trying to figure out what caused the fire. state law makers will head back to work. the 2013 general assembly session begins a week from today. one major issue they are expected to take up is gun control. some are pushing for more regulation in the wake of the sandy hook elementary shooting. another hot topic legalizing marijuana. supporters say it has medical benefits but state officials are concerned it's illegal under federal law. medical marijuana laws stalled in annapolis in recent years. >> now maryland's most accurate forecast. >> all right. let's talk about what's going on right now. we have lots of clouds out there right now. also, as we look towards the west, you can see in virginia and southern maryland, dealing with a little bit of a wentry mix out there. more flurry action flying around so if you are heading to southern maryland today around
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salisbury, you are going to run into flurries this morning and light snow mixing in with a little sleet. you can see the wider view. we can see the rain do you to the -- down to the south. as we go throughout the day, the cloud will decrease and we will get more sunshine. and we are going to be dealing with very cold temperatures this morning. that will linger throughout the day. it's 25 degrees right now in manchester. 30 in baltimore. 31 havre de grace and 33 in denton. more of the same in stevensville and in silver spring you will run into temperatures about the freezing degree mark. this morning, we are also dealing with the winds. they are light right now. they will pick up throughout the day out of northwest at 5 to 10 miles an hour. be prepared for the high temperature of 37 to feel like we are at freezing. let's go back to megan and charley. this morning armed police will stand guard at a hand full of schools in new jersey. >> why officials are making this now the new normal. >> congress may have come up with a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff but left before voting on
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another important measure. we will tell you why new york law makers are furious with house leaders this morning. >> reporter: everything is up to speed on interstate 70 west of 695. i will let you know what it looks like on 95 and 83 coming up on good morning maryland. you are looking live at times square. a great way to start the day. is it a i -- stay with us. there's much more coming up.
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all right. playoff football is back and baltimore is painting the town purple. >> this as the ravens get ready to take on the colts on sunday. the logo is painted on the grass outside the city hall and on federal hill. a crew spent new year's day spray painting the grounds. loyal fans say the post season is the most wonderful time of the year. >> i love spending time with the family on thanksgiving and
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christmas but there's no better feeling when they get on the road and march to the superbowl and new orleans. and it's time. the best feeling of the year. >> best feeling of the year. members of the ravens front office used spray chalk to paint over 300 locations throughout the area two abeen loge -- raven logos. those who find it and upload it will be entered for a chance to win two tickets to sunday's playoff game. keep that in mind. look for the gold logos. 4:43. taking a look at stories around the nation. starting today, armed cops will be a staple at some schools in new jersey. officers will man each school in the marchboro district and students are -- marlboro district while students are there. they say it will be the new normal while they hammer out a security plan for the district. the change is weeks after a gunman killed 20 children and 6 adults at sandy hook elementary
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school in newtown connecticut. survivors of the tragic sandy hook shooting return to class tomorrow for the first time since the massacre. but the kids will not be going back to the original school building. they will begin classes at a former middle school in the neighboring town. workers spent the last few weeks preparing the school. they have painted and moved furniture and raised the bathroom floors so they can reach the toilets. those in new york suffering from super storm sandy will not get federal help for now. new york law makers are furious congress adjourned without hoeding a vote on aid to the victims of the storm. the senate approved a 60 billion dollar measure to help with the recovery. the house drapted a smaller measure that was supposed to go up for a -- drapted a -- drafted a smaller measure that was supposed to go up for a votenewly weds said there. i dos outdoors in the winter. they got married on one of the coldest days of the winter in
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prior lake minimum so the a.m. temperatures single digits. -- minnesota. temperatures there, single digit. they huddled under blankets. the couple started dating on january 1st and ryan proposed on january 1st so it will be a hardanniversary to forget. >> the tears probably froze. >> they were probably tears because she was cold. >> yeah not to mention in single digits wind chill was probably well below zero. >> exactly. we will get a wind chill today as well. forecasting a high of 36 degrees and we should be at 43 for this time of the year. cold this morning and we will stay cold throughout the day. i can do one better. tomorrow we will be colder. >> i thought you said one better. >> it's perspective. let's talk about what's going on right now. today we are looking at temperatures in elkton at 30 degrees. we are at 28 degrees in hickory.
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30 in sykesville and look at the winds out of the northwest. that's what i am talking about for today. those will continue to go as we go through time. and the temperatures are not going to budge much. satellite and radar, we have snow up to the north. we have a little bit of a wentry mix into the southern part of maryland this morning. so if you are traveling there, around cambridge also salisbury be prepared for a few flurries. high pressure will build in as we go throughout the day. and we will get more sunshine in here. that continues through tomorrow. and you can see future trend picking up on that and then we will be dealing with temperatures coming in again very cold for today and then as we go through tonight, temperatures at 23 degrees by tomorrow. 34 degrees and this is what the seven-day forecast looks like. we can see temperatures remaining in the 30s until saturday. let's check the traffic with lauren cook good morning. >> reporter: good morning. 23 degrees tonight? it's going to be a cold one. right now no delays in white marsh. 95 is in great shape. it will take 14 minutes to travel southbound from the beltway into the city.
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and if you are using the jfx to get downtown, it's nice and clear to southbound from the beltway down to fayette street. as we check in and look live at 695, here in towson due hainy val -- delaney valley road, nothing to get in your way. normal conditions an 11 minute ride on the outer loop from 795 to 95. that's a look at your abc2 timesaver traffic. now over to you. as the holiday season wrapsup, many of us are thinking about travel. if so, here are some trends you may see during the new year. usa today says plane tickets are expected to get more expensive. you may have to pay more money in fees like checked bags and rental car extras. expect to see more protection from the transportation department. and finally airlines are joining forces so there will be
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less competition out there and analysts ayou should waft out for -- say you should watch out for u.s. airways and american merging. if losing weight may be a top resolution, you may want to hold off. >> why being a little overweight may help in the long run. >> identical twins have a special unique bond. one set of twins has something to bring them closer together. we will explain why new year's has an all new meaning for both of the young ladies.
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this morning's health alert for many of us getting in shape is a go for 2013 and those who made the resolution didn't waste time at all. on new year's day, a lot of area gyms were filled with men and women that want that new look for better health. but while the gyms crr crowded right now -- are crowded right now, it doesn't mean it's going to last. >> the gym is packed the first 2, 2 1/2 months of the year.
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by the middle of march, this is died down quite a bit. and you have the people really serious about getting into the summertime shape. >> the personal trainers say they are at the gyms to help people get excited about getting healthy and working out. >> one woman doesn't need help being motivated. she's been working out for decades and doesn't let anything get in her way not even her age. she is 101 years old and spends most of her days at the gym. first she hits the bike for 30 minutes and moves on to the treadmill. once she is done, time to stretch. she has been -- she will be 102 this summer and says working how the has -- out has been a part of her routine forever and it has paid off. >> i have three bicycles and i was always on a bike, shopping and everything. and i have a very, very good mind. good sense of humor. >> nothing aches on her. no arthritis, no pains no aches
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no nothing. she just up in the morning and ready to go. >> looking great. >> i bet it's that exercise that has something to do with it. after the gym, she says she goes to the mall for lunch and does power walking there. she doesn't let up. and she admits exercising and eating right is not the only thing you have to do to stay young. she likes to dance and meet new people and have fun. >> got to have a great time. if your new year's resolution is to lose a few pounds, you want to rethink this. a study says being slightly overweight may help you live longer. researchers looked at data on a 3 million adults around the world and found people with a little extra weight had a 6% lower risk of dying compared to those considered normal. now it's not an excuse to pack on the pounds. obese people have more than a triple risk of dying. today history is making its way back to baltimore citych the fire department after more than 70 years a hand wooden fire truck will come home. the antique truck is believed to have been made by a city
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firefighter in the late 19 30s or 1940s. it spent the last few decades in south carolina with the owner. start the new year with doing something good for the environment. beginning today recycle your christmas tree for free as part of the howard county merry mulch program. there's a drop off locations throughout the area at garden centers parks and landfill. lights out for some light bulbs. under a federal law, 75 watt incandescent bulbs will no longer be produced or imported. retail kers sell the existing stock until it runs out. but the government is phasing out the bulbs for more efficient ones. the man accused of opening fire at a movie theater in colorado heads back to court today. james holmes faces multiple counts of murder. 12 people were killed and 58 others hurt in the shooting in july. more fallout from the jerry and dusky case -- sandusky
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case. the state is suing over the sanctions. they took away wins and reduced scholarships and temporarily banned them from competing in the post season. people all over the country certainly took part in a new year's day tradition. >> dozens of states including texas, north carolina and new york hosted a polar plunge. look at at one of the events. this one in milwaukee. 700 people took an icy dip in the lake michigan. it started off 2013. they put on swim suits and braved the freezing temperatures. have you done one of those. >> i have when i -- when i lived in michigan. when in rome right? >> yeah. >> not so much. >> you don't think so? maryland has one for a great cause. >> for a great cause but not just to be doing it. >> i will be quiet and let you do it. >> it's too cold out there and cold this morning as the kids head to the bus stop. some of you are out of school
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and some aren't. temperatures at 33 degrees. it will stay cold into the afternoon. that's the theme for today. so 33 to 37 and then you factor in the winds that we have out there this morning at about 5 miles in baltimore. what it feels like it is 30 degrees right now. feels like 27 in york and 26 in frederick and haikerstown at 22. make sure to bundle up as you head out -- hagerstown at 22. make sure to bundle up as you head out. >> reporter: it's very cold. traveling in anne arundel county, i like there's no traffic on 97. it's nice and clear whether you are headed to route50 or 695. heading downtown, this is what 95 looks like right at the fort mchenry tunnel. normal conditions just 8 minutes to travel northbound from the beltway all the way to the toll plaza. and as we check in and look at the other abc2 timesaver traffic drive times, 695 in great shape. no problems to report on the east side. you're looking at an 11 minute
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ride on the outer loop from 95 to 83. the inner loop will be cleared down to 95. no problems on the west side. it's going to take -- going to take 11 minutes to travel from 795 down to 95. megan and charley over to you. sometimes you can't help it and throw around a few curse words. >> here? >> no. >> coming up at 5, we will explain why you may want to pipe down on spewing the sailor language when around the office. >> and police in california get quite a surprise when they are called to investigate a person wielding weapon. those stories coming up on good morning maryland at 5.
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we were busted. sitting here talking about the story. >> sorry about that. >> you know if you have a twin if you know someone who is a twin it's special. two identical sisters share another bond. >> you know a thing or two about twins. >> i do. >> the sisters are mothers on new year's. amy nelson gave birth to her
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son at 12:11 p.m. on new year's day. a couple hours ate -- hours later her -- sister gave birth. >> big surprise. >> i found out two days after you did. >> uh-huh. >> yep. we didn't think it would happen but it did. >> they just gave birth. amy's son was not due until 5 days after her sister's baby. everyone knew they would have a great story to share but had no idea they would share the same birthday. >> aid great story. coming up, there's time if you want -- it's a great story. coming up, there's time if you want to book a ad for the superbowl. >> but you have to shell out a lot of money. >> you are watching the station that works for you. now, good morning maryland. >> in the da